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Dodgers Sign Free Agent Relief Pitcher Tyler Thornburg

The Dodgers are giving Thornburg a chance to prove himself in the minors.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Tyler Thornburg #47 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the ninth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on April 30, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have signed free agent right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg after he cleared waivers from the Red Sox.

Thornburg simply seemed like a fit for the Dodgers and is a pretty Friedman-style acquisition considering his makeup and repertoire.

While his numbers are not good in 2019 — 7.71 ERA in 16 games — on a minor league deal with his great makeup, it is well worth the risk.

Dodgers Nation recently wrote why Thornburg was an elite fit for the Dodgers.

Thornburg was acquired by the Red Sox from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielder Travis Shaw ahead of the 2017 season. Boston had viewed Thornburg as a young, controllable, elite reliever, but injuries including thoracic outlet syndrome leading to having a rib removed made him ineffective during his time with the Sox.

He holds a lifetime 3.47 ERA and 4.37 DRA. Chances are, he does not make it back to the big leagues this year, and if so, as a September call-up.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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